About Olson-Beacons BGC

Olson-Beacon Boys and Girls Clubs transform schools into active youth centers afterschool and in the summer, providing free high Yield/ High quality youth development opportunities with an emphasis on:

  • School Success...by increasing academic skills, school connectedness, and motivation to learn.
  • Youth Leadership...by engaging youth through service-learning, character development, and decision-making opportunities.
  • Family Engagement...by involving families in decision making and connecting them to the school and community.
  • Community-School Connections...by creating linkages between the school and community-based organizations, businesses, and colleges that can increase opportunities and connections for youth in their communities.


Each year, The Boys and Girls Club serves over 2500 young people and their families at our 8 Beacons Centers located in neighborhoods in North, Northeast, and South Minneapolis. 

Beacons began operating in Minneapolis in 1998 as an adaptation from the successful New York City Beacons Initiative, where over 80 Beacon centers throughout the city still serve youth and neighborhoods today. Today six cities are a part of the national Beacons Network and have ongoing Beacons Initiatives.